100 Greatest Metal Bands


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Pretty self-explanatory, with a couple caveats: first, this is mostly just a list of my favorite metal bands in approximate order (after the top 10 or so the order matters far less), with extra weight given to influence and timelessness of sound; and second, the albums selected are not necessarily the band's "best" album, or even my personal favorite -- they are the albums that I feel best represent the band's classic sound and/or well-represent the span of their career. List includes all sub-genres of metal and some post-metal metal. Feel free to spew your hatred below. \m/ (xx) \m/

Created by: saw_you_drown | 03.06.2015



1. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
1970
2. Iron Maiden - Powerslave
1984
3. Metallica - Master Of Puppets
1986
4. Judas Priest - Screaming For Vengeance
1982
5. Slayer - Reign In Blood
1986
6. Opeth - Blackwater Park
2001
7. Mercyful Fate - Don't Break The Oath
1984
8. Death - Human
1991
9. Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion
1985
10. Savatage - Hall Of The Mountain King
1987
11. Katatonia - Tonight's Decision
1999
12. Pantera - Vulgar Display Of Power
1992
13. Megadeth - Rust In Peace
1990
14. Motörhead - Ace Of Spades
1980
15. Voivod - Dimension Hatröss
1988
16. Napalm Death - Harmony Corruption
1990
17. Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime
1988
18. Sepultura - Arise
1991
19. Bathory - Blood Fire Death
1988
20. Venom - Welcome To Hell
1981
21. King Diamond - Abigail
1987
22. Coroner - No More Color
1989
23. Type O Negative - Bloody Kisses
1993
24. Fates Warning - No Exit
1988
25. My Dying Bride - The Light At The End Of The World
1999
26. Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard Of Ozz
1980
27. Darkthrone - Transilvanian Hunger
1994
28. Neurosis - Through Silver In Blood
1996
29. Dream Theater - Awake
1994
30. Accept - Balls To The Wall
1983
31. Meshuggah - Nothing
2002
32. Paradise Lost - Icon
1993
33. Anthrax - Among The Living
1987
34. Morbid Angel - Covenant
1993
35. Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse
1994
36. Destruction - Eternal Devastation
1986
37. Dark Tranquillity - Damage Done
2002
38. Candlemass - Nightfall
1987
39. Testament - The New Order
1988
40. In Flames - Whoracle
1997
41. Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction
1987
42. Mayhem - Live In Leipzig
1993
43. Immortal - At The Heart Of Winter
1999
44. Enslaved - Below The Lights
2003
45. Kreator - Terrible Certainty
1987
46. Nile - Annihilation Of The Wicked
2005
47. At The Gates - Slaughter Of The Soul
1995
48. Suffocation - Pierced From Within
1995
49. Agalloch - Ashes Against The Grain
2006
50. Iced Earth - Night Of The Stormrider
1992
51. Suicidal Tendencies - How Will I Laugh Tomorrow... When I Can't Even Smile Today
1988
52. Edge Of Sanity - Crimson
1996
53. Cannibal Corpse - Tomb Of The Mutilated
1992
54. Entombed - Clandestine
1991
55. Anathema - Eternity
1996
56. Therion - Theli
1996
57. Gorguts - The Erosion Of Sanity
1993
58. Dimmu Borgir - Enthrone Darkness Triumphant
1997
59. Autopsy - Severed Survival
1989
60. Exodus - Bonded By Blood
1985
61. Sentenced - Down
1996
62. Obituary - Cause Of Death
1990
63. The Gathering - Nighttime Birds
1997
64. Hypocrisy - Abducted
1996
65. Saxon - Strong Arm Of The Law
1980
66. Atheist - Unquestionable Presence
1991
67. Mastodon - Leviathan
2004
68. Amorphis - Elegy
1996
69. Diamond Head - Lightning To The Nations
1980
70. Gojira - The Way Of All Flesh
2008
71. Possessed - Seven Churches
1985
72. Deicide - Deicide
1990
73. Cathedral - The Ethereal Mirror
1993
74. Behemoth - Demigod
2004
75. Deceased - The Blueprints For Madness
1995
76. Blut Aus Nord - The Work Which Transforms God
2003
77. Isis - Oceanic
2002
78. Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part I
1987
79. Sleep - Sleep's Holy Mountain
1993
80. Arch Enemy - Burning Bridges
1999
81. Monster Magnet - Spine Of God
1991
82. Scorpions - Blackout
1982
83. Trouble - Psalm 9
1984
84. Nevermore - Dreaming Neon Black
1999
85. System Of A Down - Toxicity
2001
86. W.A.S.P. - W.A.S.P.
1984
87. Skid Row - Slave To The Grind
1991
88. Amon Amarth - Versus The World
2002
89. Symphony X - The Divine Wings Of Tragedy
1997
90. Mötley Crüe - Shout At The Devil
1983
91. Manowar - Kings Of Metal
1988
92. Vader - De Profundis
1995
93. Soilwork - The Chainheart Machine
2000
94. Summoning - Stronghold
1999
95. Cradle Of Filth - Dusk... And Her Embrace
1996
96. Unleashed - Where No Life Dwells
1991
97. Rainbow - Rising
1976
98. Strapping Young Lad - City
1997
99. Children Of Bodom - Hatebreeder
1999
100. Baroness - Blue Record
2009



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